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The Flaming Lips

Formed 1983.
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The Flaming Lips are an American rock band formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983. Instrumentally, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles—such as "What Is the Light? (An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That the Chemical [In Our Brains] by Which We Are Able to Experience the Sensation of Being in Love Is the Same Chemical That Caused the "Big Bang" That Was the Birth of the Accelerating Universe)". They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience. In 2002, Q magazine named The Flaming Lips one of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die."

The band is best known for its associations with 1960s and 1970s psychedelic subculture, with elements of this culture permeating the group's instrumentation, effects, and composition. Coyne's lyrics, in particular, both reference and embody the fascination with the science fiction and space opera genres of fiction that were popular during the golden age of psychedelic subculture. His lyrical style tends to use the imagery and plot conventions of space opera to frame more abstract themes about the unfolding cycles of romantic love, highlighting its vulnerability while delving into its metaphysical implications.

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  1. Review of The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends

    The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends 2012

    Reviewed by Paul Lester
    First album of original material since 2009’s Embryonic for Oklahoma’s finest.
  2. Review of The Dark Side of the Moon

    The Dark Side of the Moon 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    A track-for-track remake played with love, but no ambition to better the original.
  3. Review of Embryonic

    Embryonic 2009

    Reviewed by Paul Lester
    Another wonderful album from the most consistently inventive American band around.
  4. Review of At War With The Mystics

    At War With The Mystics 2006

    Reviewed by Richard Banks
    If you wanted to see Yoshimi back in the ring for another round with those pink...
  5. Review of The Soft Bulletin

    The Soft Bulletin 1999

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    The Lips’ commercial breakthrough continues to inspire today’s artists.
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